USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Introduction

The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), also known as the University of Lugano, is an Italian- and English-speaking university that comprises four Faculties: Architecture on the Mendrisio campus; Communication Sciences, Economics, and Informatics on the Lugano campus. USI is active in many innovative fields of research and participates in numerous national and international research networks. Fostering exchange and contact with the professions and its alumni, USI also provides its graduates with career guidance, ensuring a smooth transition to the workplace.

With more than half of its current 3000 students and professors coming from abroad and most Master's programmes taught in English, USI has grown into a multilingual academic institution with great international breadth. USI's small size, its high teacher-to-students ratio, the integration of different disciplines, and top-quality technical and IT infrastructure make up the ideal conditions for study and research in a cosmopolitan and multicultural environment.

The Università della Svizzera italiana was founded in 1996 and is sprucing up for a new challenge, a crucial phase for its future. Young USI is receptive to all sorts of opportunities to explore and pioneer. It is willing to take on enriching new initiatives; free to put forward strategies to meet the challenges confronting modern people: the environment, the economy, society, and the new technologies.

USI stands out in the Swiss academic landscape for its original teaching programs, both at Bachelor's and Master's level. These are informed by regional and historical-cultural motives, but equally by an inspired readiness to act on the reforms currently implemented in higher education. Look at the Academy of Architecture and the Faculty of Economics: their creation was fully justified, the former by a glowing centuries-old tradition, and the latter by the strength of Lugano's financial centre, with its resonance nationwide and worldwide. Then look at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, unique of its kind in Switzerland, and the Faculty of Informatics, well on its way to becoming the third centre of excellence in Switzerland after the two Federal Institutes of Technology.

Combined with its privileged geographic position - USI acting as a bridge between the South (Lombardy) and the North (the rest of Switzerland across the Alps) - these choices give our university an identity of its own. USI is characterized by steadily rising student numbers, growing success in research and the international mix of its actors (the highest proportion in Switzerland), whether students, research and doctoral assistants, or professors.

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Master

MIC Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

Campus Part time 18 months March 2017 Switzerland Lugano

The MIC Program comprises 20 modules distributed over 9 weeks of courses. Each module is worth 2.5 ECTS credits, except for Module 19+20 (Personal Project) which is worth 15 ECTS [+]

MIC Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

 

The Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC) is a part-time postgraduate program for professionals engaged in managing operational or strategic situations in a multicultural context and in managing multicultural human resources.

 

Founded in 2004, MIC is the only academic program in Intercultural Communication of its kind in Europe.

 

This Master's program equips participants with the means to deal successfully with multicultural issues and opportunities at the professional, public, and personal levels.... [-]


MSc

EMScom Executive Master of Science in Communications Management

Campus Part time 20 months March 2017 Switzerland Lugano

As a global leader in its field, the Executive Master of Science in Communications Management (EMScom) prepares professionals in developing new perspectives in key management areas, including [+]

EMScom Executive Master of Science in Communications Management

 

As a global leader in its field, the Executive Master of Science in Communications Management (EMScom) prepares professionals in developing new perspectives in key management areas, including management of stakeholder relationships, public relations, reputation management, and corporate identity on a strategic level - all with the ultimate goal of enabling communicators to go beyond simply communication and to contribute to their organization’s corporate strategy.Based in Lugano, the EMScom is an intensive part-time program with eight residential sessions spread across twenty months. To reinforce degree candidates’ international perspective on management and communication, USI Università della Svizzera italiana cooperates with two renowned business schools: Singapore Management University (SMU) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management.Executive students have the unique opportunity to meet and study side by side with communication executives from all over Asia during a one-week residential session in Singapore, which is run together with the partner program in SMU Singapore Management University. A second two-week session at the UCLA Anderson School of Management together with their Asian colleagues further complements and enhances the global perspective.... [-]


Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication

Campus Full time 2 years March 2017 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in "Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication", jointly offered by the Institute of Communication and Health of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a new joint Master's programme through training in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and communication. The programme focuses on the... [+]

The Master in "Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication", jointly offered by the Institute of Communication and Health of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a new joint Master's programme through training in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and communication. The programme focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and those of communication applied to the context of health. Students who choose this specialization will get a strong biological, methodological and statistical training, acquiring also knowledge in management. The specialization will familiarize students with the latest research and practice in cognitive psychology and provide a modern preparation to lead and influence change in health in today's diverse communities. Goals and Contents The master's programme is designed to train students who will understand the causes of health-related behaviours and who will also be able to design new and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health. The entire master's programme takes advantage of synergies and complementarities between the two Universities, USI and UNISR, and offers excellent competences in teaching and research. This Master offers a high degree of innovation thanks also to the advanced technologies available on site in the two universities in terms of high-tech equipment, data centres, laboratories, and health facilities. Study Programme This full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters. The programme is organized into 4 units, called 'modules', over two years. The first module covers mainly classes in Health Communication and research methods; the second module covers topics in advanced cognitive psychology and neurosciences; the third module covers topics in management, strategy, and consumer behaviour. In the fourth semester students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI. During the fall semesters (I and III), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (II and IV) will be taught at UNISR. Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities My career after this Master Psychology in Communication and Health is a rapidly growing field, which is in need of professionals to provide psychological services to those with medical illness. We anticipate that graduates from the program will work in clinics and governmental health organizations, NGOs or other health domains. Furthermore, training in this Master program is designed to produce students who can design novel and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health. Entry requirements The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication is a Bachelor's degree in Psychology granted by a recognised university. Up to 30 students will be admitted to the master's programme. Admission depends on the final grade of the bachelor's degree in Psychology. Students, without a Bachelor's degree in Psychology interested in obtaining the Master of Science degree in Cognitive Psychology in Communication & Health must acquire at least 88 ETCS at Bachelor's level in Psychology at Università Vita Salute San Raffaele. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied sciences may be admitted with a study debt of 30-60 extra ECTS to be earned: with Bachelor's courses at USI which can be attended during the Master studies (please note that bachelor's course at USI are taught in Italian) with Bachelor's courses at another recognised University prior to start the Master studies. The university and list of courses to attend has to be agreed with the Director of the Master. [-]

MSc in Architecture

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

L'Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio aims to create the new architect, capable of taking on the developements that have occurred in the profession in an effective way. [+]

Goals and Contents The Master of Science in Architecture offers the opportunity to acquire the most advanced theoretical knowledge and operative skills for the practice of contemporary architectural design. Architectural design is taught through its disciplinary foundations and is closely related with technological innovation, environmental issues, models of territorial management and the themes of restoration and reestablishment of the historical, architectural and environmental heritage. The objective the Master pursues is to train professionals who, on the basis of the acquired awareness and in-depth knowledge of the complexity of current architectural practice, are competent both to carry out the functions of direct architectural design and to coordinate the different specialists involved in professional projects. The study programme consists of a series of theoretical lectures and design studios dedicated to arguments and methods of architectural design in its different forms (housing, services industry, culture, etc.) and scales (from interior design to the architectural structure, all the way up to the urban and territorial plan). The programme draws on three different but correlated teaching approaches. The first consists in theoretical courses pertaining to the methodological, technological and historical knowledge that will enable future architects to explore critically central themes of contemporary architectural culture. The second approach is embodied in the so called "horizontal design studios" and combines theoretical consideration with practical design work carried out on individual case studies. The third approach entails, each semester, the choice of a design studio which focuses on a specific project typology, whether architectural or urban. The last semester is entirely dedicated to the drafting of the final thesis, which consists in a project that is related to a topic chosen by the design studio professor. Although each professor chooses a different topic to be developed by his students, all concern a specific site selected by the school. Graduates are qualified to practice architecture as independent professionals or working with large architectural firms. Thanks to the acquired skills, which cover the whole project process and the different scales of intervention, graduates are prepared for the elaboration of projects ranging from the preliminary project to the working drawings.... [-]


MSc in Banking & Finance

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in Banking and Finance at University of Lugano has been designed to provide graduates with the necessary tools and skills for understanding financial markets and products from a banker’s perspective. [+]

Goals and Contents

 

The Master in Banking and Finance has been designed to provide graduates with the necessary tools and skills for understanding financial markets and products from a banker’s perspective.

 

Lugano being the 3rd financial marketplace in Switzerland provides an ideal venue to offer students with different backgrounds the best possible start for a successful career in banking or finance. The degree provides a background in finance methodology as well as the opportunity to go into more depth in selected topics of banking and finance by choosing electives.

 

The Master programme stretches over two years (120 ECTS) and is structured to allow the students to personalise their study curricula according to their individual interests and educational backgrounds. It includes four semesters of lectures and seminars, and an internship.... [-]


MSc in Computational Science

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Combining strong competences in methodological development, informatics and high performance computing [+]

 

Goals and ContentsAdvanced mathematical modeling and high performance methods in numerical simulations open new perspectives for science, research and economy. Exploiting the capabilities of modern supercomputers, increasingly complex problems can be tackled - covering a very broad spectrum of disciplines, from exact and natural sciences to economics and social sciences, including biomedical, environmental, materials, and engineering sciences.The ICS provides a unique research environment, where strong competences in modeling, simulation and information science come together in an open and application oriented atmosphere. At ICS, mathematical state-of-the-art simulation and modeling techniques meet software design and development, and the specialized Master studies in Computational Sciences at USI aim at exploiting the unique nature of this group.This field of studies offers the possibility to learn a strongly interdisciplinary method for solving problems, still focusing either more on the mathematical or the informatics aspects of the discipline. Throughout the studies, the student will continuously work on projects, in close collaboration with ICS partners such as CSCS and SUPSI. Given the high ratio between the number of professors and that of students, personal assistance and mentoring is a natural part of the modern teaching environment of ICS, which also features a project-based approach ensuring continuous experience on real life problem solving based on a sound theoretical background, English as teaching language, state-of-the-art knowledge in methodology and development, and access to HPC resources. With all these points together, USI trains future modeling and simulation professionals, which are increasingly required by industry to do research and development.... [-]


MSc in Corporate Communication

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Master degree in Corporate Communication at University of Lugano develops analytical and decision-making abilities for corporate communication, grounded in a sound knowledge of organisation. [+]

Goals and Contents

Corporate communication is today considered a key management function.It is about managing relationships with the organisation's stakeholders in order to maximise the corporation's reputation capital and thus to guarantee access to strategic resources. In this it is a strategic partner of other corporate functions: for instance in managing relationships with investors, it interacts with financial managers; in dealing with public authorities and regulators, it collaborates with legal services; in addressing issues of identity and corporate culture, it partners with human resources specialists; in communicating with customers, it collaborates with marketers, etc. Corporate communication specialists therefore need to acquire solid general management skills in order to carry out their roles effectively.... [-]


MSc in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Master degree in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems at University of Lugano, equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge about the multi-interdisciplinary area of embedded systems. [+]

The Master of Science in Cyber-Physical and Embedded Systems offers exclusive challenging opportunities to application designers and system developers, by integrating different areas such as microelectronics, physical modeling, computer science, machine learning, telecommunication and control, and focusing on the most advanced applications. Meeting the real need for an interdisciplinary approach, the teaching plan equips talented students with a unique body of knowledge in the area of cyber-physical and embedded systems. The educational model focuses on a system-level methodological perspective as well as on the development of interpersonal skills proven to be indispensable in today’s industry, such as team work, marketing and management strategies. ALaRI research activities focus on topics of great scientific interest and industrial applicability, based on real-life design methodologies taking into account system properties such as performance, dependability, intelligence, security and energy efficiency. The program, designed for students holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and, more in general, in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies is built around three major methodological pillars: the interaction with the physical world, the embedded (networked) system, and the embedded applications. Courses, integrated to provide a holistic picture of the diversified facets, are given by world renowned, award-winning professors and industrial leaders. Both modular intensive and regular, semester-long courses are offered so that technological awareness, competences and problem solving abilities are built and developed together, within the same framework. These are the profiles and qualifications that industry and research are looking for. Classroom education is naturally complemented by hands-on laboratory experience so that methodological aspects are reflected in real-world environment. This approach has proven to be effective and successful, as endorsed by dozens of ALaRI Alumni, as it naturally facilitates the assimilation of deep technical concepts and core competences immediately usable in industry and academia. Additional information and details can be found at www.alari.ch [-]

MSC in Economia e Politica Internazionali

Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

La Laurea Magistrale in Economia e Politiche Internazionali é un Master che offre un ampio bagaglio di strumenti scientifici e competenze specifiche, indispensabili per la comprensione dei fenomeni economico-politici legati alla globalizzazione. [+]

Obiettivi e contenuti

La Facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università della Svizzera italiana organizza un Master congiunto con l'Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali (ASERI) dell'Università Cattolica di Milano, coinvolgendo studenti svizzeri, italiani e stranieri interessati ad un curriculum di studi che permetta loro di ottenere un doppio titolo: un Master italiano di primo livello e un Master svizzero (laurea magistrale). Il MEPIN offre un ampio bagaglio di strumenti scientifici e competenze specifiche, indispensabili per la comprensione dei fenomeni economico-politici legati alla globalizzazione. Le basi sulle quali si sviluppa l’intero programma sono legate allo studio dell’economia, della finanza, del diritto e delle istituzioni, delle politiche internazionali. Verranno inoltre fornite conoscenze di carattere multidisciplinare necessarie per affrontare tematiche quali lo sviluppo sostenibile, il microcredito, l’etica economico-finanziaria e, più in generale, le forme di cooperazione tra autorità pubbliche e operatori economici privati tese al raggiungimento di un obiettivo comune, quale la prestazione di un servizio o la creazione e la gestione di un progetto. Le partnership tra il pubblico e il privato sono oggi sempre più frequenti in vari settori (sanità, public utilities, infrastrutture, servizi sociali e risorse ambientali) e a tutti i livelli (locale, nazionale e sopranazionale). In molte organizzazioni internazionali il partenariato pubblico-privato costituisce una modalità privilegiata per la realizzazione di programmi di interesse pubblico relativi a tematiche fondamentali come l’energia, i trasporti o i progetti di cooperazione allo sviluppo. Lo studio degli ambiti di intersezione tra pubblico e privato, dal livello locale a quello globale, richiede competenze sia nel settore economico-finanziario, sia in quello delle politiche pubbliche, nonché la conoscenza degli aspetti giuridico-regolamentari e di comunicazione relativi ai rapporti tra le due sfere. Il Master in Economia e Politiche Internazionali risponde a queste esigenze proponendo un approccio interdisciplinare che alle specializzazioni tematiche abbina l’analisi complessa. Ai partecipanti vengono proposte due serie di corsi, una nella sede di Lugano (primo semestre) e una in quella di Milano (secondo semestre). Il programma si completa, nel terzo semestre, con l'elaborazione di una tesi e con uno stage in un'istituzione nazionale o internazionale (pubblica o privata). Il sistema adottato per il conferimento del titolo è quello dei crediti. La formazione poliedrica e interdisciplinare che offre il Master in Economia e Politiche Internazionali ha permesso ai suoi diplomati di inserirsi rapidamente e con successo in aziende multinazionali, in banche e società finanziarie, in enti territoriali, in organizzazioni non governative, nell’insegnamento e in istituti di ricerca. Le figure professionali che escono da questo Master possiedono sia competenze pluridisciplinari, sia conoscenze specifiche che permettono loro di operare in tutti quei settori in cui pubblico e privato cooperano.... [-]


MSc in Economic Policy

Campus Full time 2 years March 2017 Switzerland Lugano

The purpose of this Master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. In a cordial environment and in close interaction with Faculty, the students will be equipped with the quantitative methods and the analytical tools necessary for a successful career as professional economist with a... [+]

The MSc in Economic Policy (MEP) is an advanced two-year program offered by the Faculty of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana. The purpose of this Master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. In a cordial environment and in close interaction with Faculty, the students will be equipped with the quantitative methods and the analytical tools necessary for a successful career as professional economist with a strong policy orientation. The Master will also drive interested students into a PhD programme. Why MEP? Program entirely taught in English, with a strong international orientation International Faculty from USI and abroad Guest lectures from leading practicioners Opportunities for short-term research assistant positions for selected students Excellent professor-to-student ratio Goals and Contents The Master of Science in Economic Policy (MEP) prepares professional economists with a policy orientation, with an eye to the skills required to be employed in national and international policy and research institutions, including central banks, development banks, economics and statistics research offices but also in high ranks of the public administration. Due to the skills acquired during the master, the MEP is also a pathway to higher studies in Economics and Economic Policy. The master offers knowledge in various fields of applied economics combined with a sound background in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. To understand, evaluate and propose economic policy instruments in the current world with all its global challenges, the teaching methodology is to combine economic theory with relevant real world applications of today. Study Programme The first year offers all the core courses together with some specialized courses. The second year combines elective courses with either an internship at a private institution or an exchange semester at a foreign university. By the end of the second year, students will have received enough training to undertake independent analysis of many economic problems. The students also have the option of doing an internship, either at a private, or a research institution. Together with the master thesis (which is written in the last semester), the students will receive enough training to undertake independent analysis of many economic problems. Student assessment is based on 15 exams, an internship period and a final master thesis due at the end of the second year. Career Prospects The master in economic policy provides the foundations for a successful career as an applied economist. Due to the rigorous coursework in microeconomics, econometrics and macroeconomics, combined with knowledge in more specialized areas, national as well as international organizations alike will have a strong interest in hiring MEP-students. Next to the possibilities offered by the private/public sector, the students are well prepared for a continuing education in form of a Ph.D. [-]

MSc in Finance

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Master Programme in Finance at University of Lugano aims to provide in-depth knowledge of professional practice in financial markets. To achieve these targets a good knowledge of financial theory and quantitative methods is developed in the first part of the programme. [+]

Master Programme in Finance aims to provide in-depth knowledge of professional practice in financial markets. To achieve these targets a good knowledge of financial theory and quantitative methods is developed in the first part of the programme. These notions are then applied to the analysis of financial practice, including new trends.

 

 

Goals and Contents

 

Finance is the area of economics that studies investment decisions.These decisions are fundamental to the well-being of firms and individuals. Investment outcomes are affected by randomness. Investment decisions involve trade-offs between risk and expected return.

The Master programme stretches over two years (120 ECTS) and is structured to allow the students to personalise their study curricula according to their individual interests and educational backgrounds. It includes four semesters of lectures and seminars, and an internship. Typically, in the first semester students attend the foundation courses in order to acquire the basics of finance, accounting and statistics. The second and third semesters arededicated to core courses and electives. The final thesis should show the candidate’s ability to integrate acquired knowledge in the advanced scientific analysis of a topic in finance.... [-]


MSc in Financial Communication

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Master degree in Financial Communication at University of Lugano,the goal is to form specialists able to bridge the gap between the financial experts and the investment decisions makers, [+]

Financial communication is communication to investors. More precisely, financial communication is oriented to investment decisions. The actors of financial communication are numerous, the most important being at least the following: managers and directors of listed companies and enterprises, wealth managers and private banking advisors, mutual funds, pension funds, activists, etc., rating agencies, buy-side and sell-side analysts, financial journalists, financial regulators and market supervisory authorities.

The aim of the Master in Financial Communication is to form specialists of communication with a deep knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms of finance, so that they will be able to bridge the gap between finance professionals and the other financial market participants, especially investors. To this purpose, the Master also provides students with the legal background that financial communication specialist needs in order to effectively deal with important issues recently emerging in the financial sector, such as money laundering, terrorism financing and fiscal matters.... [-]


MSc in Gestione dei Media

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Il Master in Gestione dei Media è rivolto agli studenti interessati ad approfondire sia gli aspetti fondamentali del funzionamento delle imprese editoriali sia gli aspetti che riguardano l'attività gestionale di queste imprese. [+]

Obiettivi e contenuti Il programma di studi prevede un’analisi dei processi di creazione, produzione e diffusione di contenuti editoriali di diverso tipo: dai giornali ai libri, dalla radio alla televisione, fino ai contenuti elettronici destinati alla distribuzione on line. In particolare il Master offre l'opportunità di conoscere gli aspetti fondamentali del funzionamento delle imprese dei media e di approfondire gli aspetti che riguardano l'attività gestionale di queste imprese (struttura economica e politiche di settore, ricerca, creazione e sviluppo di prodotti e servizi, gestione dei diritti, uso del web, ecc.). L'obiettivo è di formare professionisti che, sulla base di una conoscenza approfondita delle caratteristiche dei media, sappiano svolgere funzioni di progettazione, coordinamento e controllo dei processi produttivi e distributivi di imprese editoriali a stampa, audiovisive ed elettroniche, tenendo conto anche dei principali fattori di contesto sia culturale che politico-economico, con particolare attenzione agli aspetti di servizio pubblico (per es. nel caso della radio e della televisione) e di interesse generale. I corsi presentano tre componenti distinte e fra loro integrate. La prima concerne la strumentazione teorica e metodologica che permette di affrontare criticamente i temi studiati (le funzioni gestionali nei media). La seconda prepara, attraverso lo studio sistematico di una serie di casi, a comprendere situazioni, processi e tendenze che riguardano i vari settori dell'attività editoriale e giornalistica. Infine, una terza componente è rappresentata dall'intervento in aula di professionisti e manager che svolgono funzioni di rilievo in imprese editoriali, i quali testimoniano problemi ed opportunità riscontrate nella loro esperienza di lavoro. Stage A integrazione degli insegnamenti teorici e delle attività pratiche di progetti ed elaborati che si svolgono in relazione ai corsi seguiti (primo e secondo semestre), il Master prevede un periodo di stage in un’azienda editoriale (terzo semestre), dove lo studente entra in diretto contatto con un sistema produttivo e distributivo reale e impara a focalizzare l’attenzione e ad analizzare, sotto la guida costante di un tutor universitario, gli aspetti costitutivi a livello di struttura e organizzazione. Tesi Il Master si conclude con un semestre (quarto) dedicato all’elaborazione della tesi finale consistente in una ricerca scientifica nell’ambito delle discipline che compongono il piano di studi. Sbocchi professionali I diplomati del Master sono formati per occupare ruoli di gestione, coordinamento, ricerca e sviluppo nelle imprese editoriali che operano nel campo della produzione giornalistica e libraria, radiofonica e televisiva e dei nuovi media elettronici. Lingua d’insegnamento: italiano... [-]


MSc in Informatics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Faculty offers a Master degree of Science in Informatics with six specialisation areas: Software Design, Distributed Systems, Intelligent Systems, Embedded Systems Design, Applied Mathematics & Computational Science, and Geometric & Visual Computing. [+]

Goals

The Master of Science in Informatics provides advanced theoretical and practical skills. The programme is designed for both Bachelor students who wish to complete their education and professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills. The Master combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer systems with a hands-on approach, preparing professionals for successfully pursuing a career in research and development.The programme prepares students for current and evolving technologies in computer sciences by deepening their knowledge in several directions. Students learn how to develop, select, and evaluate computer programmes with the help of a strong theoretical background. In parallel, they acquire abilities to understand, design, simulate and optimise complex systems where important competences include the capability to learn and to adapt to unpredictable and dynamic situations. Students learn how to design, test and analyse software programmes providing the required level of software quality using the appropriate software engineering methodologies. Fundamental aspects include the capability to design and reason about distributed systems, advanced data and information management systems, and modern computing systems. Science. Teaching Teaching at the Faculty of Informatics emphasizes close contact between students and staff. Professors are pursuing research on a variety of topics and are active participants in Swiss and international research projects and networks. Visiting professors from renowned universities complement the top-quality teaching. The Faculty of Informatics aims to train informatics experts that are interdisciplinary in approach, with abstract thinking and generalization skills, a sound knowledge in the application fields of information technologies, as well as project-management and teamwork abilities.... [-]


MSc in Management

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Master degree in Management at University of Lugano has been designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds,with the necessary tools and skills for understanding modern management, [+]

Goals and Content

The MSc in Management has been designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the necessary tools and skills for understanding modern management, creating the best possible start for a successful career. The Degree provides both a broad background in management as well as the opportunity to go into more depth in selected topics by choosing electives. The programme has theoretical and practical elements, allowing students to understand the theory while at the same time being able to apply the knowledge to practical management situations. The last semester is a unique combination of academic rigor through the writing of a thesis and a piece of applied or consulting work – the field project – which is done in groups for a real company. The goal of the course is to create an understanding of the management processes that are the basis of organisations today. It should also help to develop the skills necessary to perform successfully in business organisations from start-ups to multinational companies, which are reflected in courses like Entrepreneurship and International Business. However, as most tasks in organisations become increasingly interdisciplinary it is also important to be able to work across traditional areas, which is another skill that is actively encouraged within the programme. This is also reflected in the variety of different teaching methods used including lectures, case studies, group work, games and fieldwork. However, all teaching methods stress an interactive approach or dialogue with the students. The Faculty and the students are an international group, with education and work experience from across the world. This further increases learning and cultural exchanges, as students also learn to work effectively with people from different cultures. The degree has two streams in the first semester. Students with a background in economics or management will follow a set of courses which are designed to further build on these areas. Students without any background in economics and management will follow a set of courses which provide the understanding and fundamental insight into the management disciplines. From the second semester the two streams will combine and continue to develop new insights into management processes.... [-]


MSc in Management and Informatics

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Master of Science in Management & Informatics has been designed to provide graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds (informatics, economics, mathematics, business, engineering, etc.) with the necessary tools and skills for understanding complex information technology (IT) problems while, at the same time, knowing about the needs and requirements of a modern organization. [+]

The Master of Science in Management & Informatics has been designed to provide graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds (informatics, economics, mathematics, business, engineering,etc.) with the necessary tools and skills for understanding complex information technology (IT) problems while, at the same time, knowing about the needs and requirements of a modern organization.

 

The shortage of professionals who can interface these two sides is apparent in many companies and leads to extra costs, development of less efficient systems, and general misunderstandings between the technical and organizational parts of a company. The purpose of the degree is to offer a solution to this problem, and to educate professionals who can take responsibility for the interface between these two sides of an organization.... [-]


MSc in Marketing

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Master degree in Marketing at University of Lugano,is designed to develop participants’ analytical and decision-making skills grounded in a solid knowledge. [+]

Goals and Contents

Organisations and businesses that seek success serve their clients and customers effectively. Companies depend on customers and suppliers for the resources needed to carry out their business. Managing the relationships with customers and suppliers is critical for the development of any business and is a task that involves most management positions in any company. The management of customer and supplier relationships is one of the tasks of marketing. This requires an effective understanding of how these relationships work. Specific skills are required for this task. Graduates from this programme will have acquired competencies to meet the requirements for a professional career in companies of different size. The aim of the programme is to prepare participants to assume positions of general management or to take up specialized positions such as product and marketing managers. Another option would be to take on professional work in marketing research and communications. The programme is designed to develop participants’ analytical and decision-making skills grounded in a solid knowledge of best management practices and rigorous methodological approach. In particular it develops the capability to analyse and interpret markets as well as the ability to conceive and put into practice effective solutions that a company can adopt in dealing with various marketing issues. To this purpose traditional teaching is integrated with more active teaching methods, consisting of discussion of case histories, role-playing, business games, and working on individual and group projects. The programme stretches over two years (120 ECTS credits) and is structured to allow students to personalise their study curricula following their individual interests. In the first semester students attend general management classes in order to acquire basics of management. The second and third semesters are dedicated to core courses and electives. Students are required to take core courses that regard typical marketing topics and methodology and complete the curriculum with electives that can be chosen among courses offered by the programme and by other programmes of USI. During the last semester students work in teams on a field project and write up their master’s thesis.... [-]


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MA in International Tourism

Campus Full time 24 months September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

Master degree in International Tourism at University of Lugano aims to be part of a new wide-ranging form of training that is strongly oriented towards a multidisciplinary approach in contents and methods [+]

Having developed very rapidly in recent decades, international tourism has become one of the world economy’s major industries. The World Travel and Tourism Council projects that between now and 2013, the tourism and hospitality industry will generate 250 million jobs, consisting of approximately 10% of total world employment. Yet, managing international tourism demands a serious commitment: it is challenging and one must take into account a variety of different economies, institutions, legal systems, languages and cultures. To strike a fair balance between the various elements at play – the tourist industry, the tourist, the local community, the environment – entrepreneurs and operators need to have an excellent grasp of several (even fairly disparate) disciplines, highly professional skills, a strategic and essential view of phenomena, with a strong sense of responsibility. The Master aims to be part of a new wide-ranging form of training that is strongly oriented towards a multidisciplinary approach in contents and methods and occupies a unique position in a new educational context that is wide-ranging and with a strong inter-disciplinary orientation:... [-]


MA in Public Management and Policy

Campus Full time 24 months Switzerland

The public sector has radically changed in recent years, and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professionals. The variety of abilities, skills and knowledge required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in the public and in the private non profit sector are exactly what the Master in Public Management and Policy offers. [+]

The public sector has radically changed in recent years, as a result of major reforms affecting the operational management of administrations and organizations as well as their political functioning. The most obvious example is the growing impact of the supranational sphere of influence. Recent economic events on the global scale have also placed the public sector back at the heart of socio-economic systems. At the same time, the activities of the non-profit sector have expanded to cover, for example, the provision of utility services. On the whole, public and non-profit private sectors are expected to become key players in this innovation, supporting families and individuals in their economic, cultural and social activities. In this context, while the public sector creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities at the local, regional, national and international levels, it also requires new appropriately qualified professionals. The Master's programme in Public Management and Policy (PMP) teaches notions and know-how that are indispensable to future professionals in the public and non-profit private sectors, nationally and worldwide. The variety of abilities required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in these sectors are exactly what PMP-USI offers. The PMP teaching curriculum is:... [-]


Master of Arts in Italian language, literature and culture

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in Italian language, literature and culture is offered by the Institute for Italian Studies (ISI) of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI in Lugano. The full-time study programme is offered entirely in Italian and comprises 120 ECTS (for a usual duration of 2 years). An agreement signed on April 4th 2011 estabilishes the equivalence between the Master in Italian language, literature and culture (USI) and the Laurea magistrale "Filologia moderna. Scienze della letteratura, del teatro e del cinema" (Università degli Studi di Pavia). [+]

The study programme of the Master covers three main subject areas: Italian language / Italian and comparative literature / Arts, history and culture, within a holistic framework encouraging the encounter of expertise from different academic fields. Italian literature, the central subject of the Master, is taught with constant reference to the culture in which it has been produced and studied.

The teaching staff includes internationally renowned scholars with outstanding research records in the various fields. Learning benefits from the linguistic and cultural situation in Ticino, an Italian speaking environment open to multilingualism, and from the excellent study conditions at Lugano University. The study track opens three main career prospects, besides the option of an academic career: teaching of Italian language and culture; further training in library and archival sciences; museums and the conservation of cultural heritage.... [-]


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